Staffing Employment Remains Strong


ASA Staffing Index Monthly Report, February 2019

Staffing employment for the week of Feb. 11–17 was essentially unchanged (+0.02%) for the second consecutive week, remaining at a value of 93, according to the ASA Staffing Index. Some survey respondents cited winter storms as factors that hindered growth of staffing jobs. Temporary and contract staffing employment was 0.8% lower than the same week in 2018, which had been a record high for the seventh week of the year.

The ASA Staffing Index four-week moving average decreased from 94 to 93. While staffing employment for the four weeks ending Feb. 17 contracted 0.9% year-to-year, the value of 93 remains well above the historical average (87) for the comparable period, indicating a healthy staffing labor market.

This week, containing the 12th, will be used in the February monthly employment situation report that will be issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on March 8.

The ASA Staffing Index is reported nine days after each workweek, making it a near real-time measure of staffing employment trends. ASA Staffing Starts are the number of temporary and contract employees placed in new assignments during the reporting week. ASA research shows that staffing employment has historically been a coincident economic indicator.

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